Hvar, a fairy tale island, is a unique fusion of luxury, history, culture, scenery, lavender, fun, food and atmosphere. Facing south onto the sea just gives it that touch of perfection, with the added bonus of having an entirely traffic free centre, only frequented by silent electric delivery carts, local ferries and luxury yachts.
Once an important port within the Venetian naval empire, today it is a town of smiling and courteous locals who just love to have fun and make visitors welcome.
After an exhausting day of sun-bathing and swimming in the crystal clear sea, wander and admire the stunning architecture, climb the steep hill to the impressive 16th century fortress above the old city, explore the passageways and stairways or just sit and watch the world go by with a coffee in the beautiful old square overlooking the harbour.
Good food is an unavoidable part of Hvar’s tradition. Fresh fish, home-made olive oil, a pinch of local herbs and a glass of good wine – all served in the atmospheric restaurants throughout the town. The people of Hvar live long and happy lives.
End the day at the ancient theatre or a lively disco.
For the romantics try a walk along the beautifully lit promenades, through the trees by the sea and look out to the twinkling lights of the stars and the ships anchored out in the bay.
This is as near to heaven as you can get.
Lovely rocky beach with deck chairs for hire and plenty of shade from forest if wanted. Large area so not crowded. The sea was crystal clear and the snorkelling was great!
one of closest Pakleni islands - take a taxi boat from Hvar town (30kuna/£2.80 return), about 15/20 mins
Beautiful pebble beach to the east of Hvar. You have to walk down a dirt trail to get to it. The snorkelling here was excellent, and the beach was quite large and not too crowded. We had a great meal here in the restaurant on the beach - huge plate of grilled prawns and scampi!
If driving from Hvar, there's a long car parking bay on the side of road with a bus stop.
This was our favourite beach. Not too overcrowded, round pebbles, bright turquoise water, no sea urchins (common on many of the beaches on Hvar).
We headed for a little sheltered cove off to the right of the beach which was meant to be for nudists. Not only does this have shade from the trees, but there were less people. The majority of people sunbathing there weren't nude, and as long as the odd naked couple doesn't disturb you, it's ideal! Great snorkelling here too, as on most beaches in Hvar.
Good restaurant on beach with BBQ fish and meat.
Get taxi boat from Hvar for 30 kuna return (£2.80), takes about 20 mins. The beach is called Mekcevina or something similar
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